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COST Action TD1301 Development of a European-based Collaborative Network to Accelerate Technological, Clinical and Commercialisation Progress in the Area of Medical Microwave Imaging

One of the most promising emerging medical imaging modalities is Microwave Imaging (MWI), which is a low-power, low-cost, non-ionising imaging modality and also has therapeutic capabilities. Most of this MWI research to date has been accomplished in simulation and laboratory studies, with only limited translational research into the clinical environment.

European researchers have been at the forefront of the development of MWI. With respect to medical applications, these (mostly independent) efforts have lead to the design of several microwave-based imaging devices, most of which are currently undergoing or poised for clinical trials. Such a reserve of knowledge constitutes a unique opportunity for European researchers to leverage existing experience and expertise to streamline the transition from simulation/phantom testing to full clinical trials and clinical adoption of MWI devices.

Dr Pecchia was invited to give HTA seminaires, workshops and lectures during the 7th meeting for MC, WG and Workshop (Belgrade, March 2016) and during the "European Training School on Health Technology Assessment", organised in Rome in March 2016.

Wed 28 Jun 2017, 12:23 | Tags: HTA, medical device

COST Action BM1309: European network for innovative uses of EMFs in biomedical applications (EMF-MED)

COST EMF-MED provides a cooperative framework to support the research on beneficial biological effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and their use in biomedical applications. Research on biological effects of EMFs has traditionally focused on health risks. Inspired by promising recent studies on useful biomedical EMF interactions and applications, this Action focuses on beneficial effects, aiming for breakthrough results, new discoveries and innovative biomedical technologies. The Action will provide a better understanding of underlying physical and biological interaction mechanisms, related to both cancer and non-cancer applications, filling the gaps in present state of knowledge. Ultimately, the Action aims to contribute to development and optimization of innovative EMF-based medical devices and procedures, which will be safer, more efficient and less invasive. Interdisciplinarity of the proposed topic and significance of the expected outcomes require a concerted research network at the European level.

Dr Pecchia is a member of the working module on Early Stage Health Technology Assessment of EMF Medical Devices.

Wed 28 Jun 2017, 12:16 | Tags: medical device

Dynamic mechanical properties characterization of an implantable medical device for spinal surgery

The aim of this project was to characterise the mechanical properties of nitinol-titanium inplantable springs and test their potential application as intervertebral stabilisers.

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Wed 28 Jun 2017, 11:57 | Tags: medical device

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